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Address: 106 Bow Meadows Crescent, Canmore, Alberta T1W 2W9, Canada
Phone Number: +1 403-678-1786
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Description: Showroom/retail store/museum/factory. We offer interpretive tours of our...
Showroom/retail store/museum/factory. We offer interpretive tours of our factory and we also offer a wide variety of ammolite jewelry and gem grade ammonite fossils or fossil pieces for sale.
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Interesting curiosity in Canmore

Located in the industrial section of Canmore, this little store sells impressive jewelry made from fossilized ammonites. Some pieces are fascinating considering their millions... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Montreal, Canada
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69 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Located in the industrial section of Canmore, this little store sells impressive jewelry made from fossilized ammonites. Some pieces are fascinating considering their millions years of existence. Worht a little detour when heavy rain prevents you from enjoying the outdoors.

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Airdrie, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

We brought my mom here on a holiday Monday since she wanted to know about ammonite, and we did not find this place very exciting. We were going to wait for a tour that was starting in half an hour and I had to use a bathroom so my husband and I went searching for one (since the factory doesn't... More 

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, however we need to point out to you that even the most reasonably intelligent person realizes that most retail stores or even factory outlets do not supply washrooms no matter where you are. I am sure if you went to any stores in Banff or even downtown Canmore, you would not find any that offer... More 

St. Augustine
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

We found the tour informative and the staff very friendly and helpful! From my little knowledge of this gemstone I don't know where the idea of a factory manufacturing facility would come from in regard to the other reviewers? There were work areas present but no workers actively working on product. I can except that the name "factory" might have... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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39 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I had hoped to see actual work being done to reclaim the gems from their natural state. The tour consisted of the history and how-tos presented in one room. The prices were very high considering they market themselves as a factory outlet. The tour lasted about 40 minutes and is interesting, but I would not return.

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

We are sorry you did not see workers in the factory - this all depends on the day. Apparently you were here on a day where the workers were too busy with tourists to be working on our workbench. As for high prices, that is what ammolite is - expensive. We have very competitive pricing comparatively to other venues of... More 

Calgary, Canada
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60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

I have been living in Alberta for just over 5 years and did not know our gem was the Ammolite. My wife and I went in April when it was very quiet and got a mini tour with lots of interesting information- if you are into paleontology to any degree. The gems are very beautiful and they were happy to... More 

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Luseland, SK
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A must-see in Canmore. Tours are available & staff love sharing the process these gems (found only in southern AB) travel through to become jewelry. Small fee for tour. Factory is free. Great selection of gems. The one mine left is estimated to be depleted within the next 20 yrs.

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Sherwood Park, Canada
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We just returned from Canmore and a "tour" of the ammonite factory. This is a joke. We were upset when we found out we had paid 5.00 each plus tax to stand around the outer perimiter of the store while a salesperson talked to us. It is fairly boring. We could have picked up the same information asking questions of... More 

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AmmFac, Public Relations Manager at Ammonite Factory, responded to this review

Hello, we are sorry you had such a disappointing time. There are others that feel differently, however, here at the Ammonite Factory we appreciate all feedback and strive to do better next time. To enlighten all others reading these posts; our tours are interpretive tours, and our factory is small because we are working on gems and not something large... More 

Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The tour is very interesting and educational - well worth $5 dollars - the price of most coffees. I would recommend it - plus the staff are very friendly and helpful. Ammolite is expensive - but it is a rare gem so I expected that.

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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

We booked and paid for a tour @ $5.00 per person and stood around only to find out that standing in the store was the tour. Nice jewelry but didn't learn anything from a tour.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba
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142 reviews
86 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Definitely not for bargain hunters. Nice store, friendly staff, but the majority of the stock was very high end.

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